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Video: UCC program makes prom dreams come true
The University Christian Church of Fort Worth made dreams come true for high school girls in the 109 and all over the city.
Through UCC's ministry, Prom Dreams, the church gifted prom dresses to more than 60 high school girls, whose budget did not allow them to purchase the items needed to attend prom.
The church set up a boutique style shop located next door to the church. Dresses, shoes, purses and jewelry were all available for students to come and pick out free of charge.
Coordinator of Prom Dreams, Cheryl Conatser said the organization advertised in all 14 high schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District and had girls from all 14 of those schools come dress shopping.
“When the girls find that perfect dress, they look beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, ” she said.
Paschal senior Gabi Avina said she came out to Prom Dreams to find a dress since her mother, a single parent, was unable to spend the money on one. After searching for the perfect dress, she found one.
“I feel like it’s just right for me,” she said as she smiled and walked around the dressing room wearing her now, prom dress.
Polytechnic ESL reading teacher and coach Tonya Chancey attended Prom Dreams not with her daughter, but with one of her students. Chancey said she enjoyed assisting her students throughout the process.
“It’s a lot of fun to watch, especially since we kind of help them out throughout the process,” she said.
The icing on the cake is to see the girls in action on prom night, she said.
“To watch them beam from ear to ear is just fabulous,” she said.
The shop is now closed, but the church will accept donations anytime throughout the year. Those dresses and items not picked out will be stored away until next year, Conatser said.